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Exoplanet Science Strategy

Statement of Task

In preparation for and as an input to the upcoming decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics and planetary science, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will appoint an ad hoc committee to perform a study with the following objectives:

  • Survey the status of the field of exoplanet science, including the use of current and planned facilities such as Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope, and any other telescope, spacecraft, or instrument, as appropriate;
  • Recommend an Exoplanet Science Strategy that outlines the key scientific questions for exoplanet science and research and related near-, medium-, and far-term measurement and technology goals. The Strategy will include the search for life in the universe as well as cross-discipline opportunities in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, and planetary science.
  • Discuss which of the key goals of the committee's Strategy could be addressed via current decadal survey recommended priority activities and also identify opportunities for coordination with international partners, commercial partners, and not-for-profit partners;

In the course of conducting this study, the committee will consider and regularly consult with the concurrent study “State of the Science of Astrobiology,” in the area of assessing habitability, searching for signs of life, and other relevant areas of scientific overlap . Also the committee will not revisit or redefine the scientific priorities or mission recommendations from previous decadal surveys.


Committee Meetings

To Be Determined


Committee Members

To Be Determined



David Lang
Senior Program Officer-BPA

Nathan Boll
Associate Program Officer

Dionna Wise
Program Coordinator


Related Reports

New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010)
Panel Reports—New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011)
New Worlds, New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment (2016)
Optimizing the U.S. Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System (2015)
Evaluation of the Implementation of WFIRST/AFTA in the Context of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014)


(to be added post meeting)